Budaya konsumsi kopi kini tidak hanya soal gaya hidup, melainkan kesadaran akan praktik perdagangan yang berkeadilan sosial. Sayangnya, nasib pekerja dalam rantai pasokan biji kopi menunjukkan bahwa cita-cita tersebut masih jauh dari kenyataan.
Coffee culture has uplifted coffee beans as an international commodity while also initiating a “third-wave coffee movement” that ensures free trade. Yet the lives of coffee workers throughout the industry chain tells a very different story.
The spread of a novel coronavirus that emerged from Hubei Province in China has triggered alarm across the world. As the number of cases identified in Singapore increases, the epidemic has reflected and exacerbated anti-Chinese sentiment in the majority ethnic Chinese city-state.
Both the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army have expressed intentions to reach a bilateral ceasefire agreement in Kachin State. But while Kachin and non-Kachin alike say they’re tired of the impact of war, there’s still doubt as to whether such a ceasefire would truly hold.
Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Husin is a rare religious preacher in Malaysia, working to reach out to people across ethnic and religious lines. But his activities as a progressive religious preacher in a largely conservative system means he’s run up against resistance and state-led repercussions more than once.
Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Husin adalah seorang ustaz yang mempunyai pendekatan yang boleh dikatakan agak unik di Malaysia atas usahanya untuk berdialog dengan semua lapisan masyarakat, termasuk orang bukan Muslim. Tetapi kegiatannya sebagai seorang ustaz yang progresif dalam sistem yang konservatif juga bermakna bahawa beliau sering mendapat tentangan daripada sesetengah pihak dan juga pihak berkuasa.
Over the past decade, Singapore’s LGBT rights rally Pink Dot evolved from fluffy picnic gathering into a protest movement (albeit with Singaporean characteristics). But is this enough to bring change in a country dominated by a political party unwilling to budge?
Pink Dot, Singapore’s annual LGBT rights rally, began in 2009. Aware of sociopolitical concerns, the organisers proceeded carefully. The choices they’ve made highlight the tough balance between pushing boundaries and “living to fight another day”.
The remains of a land rights activist who went missing in 2014 has brought up the issue of torture and enforced disappearances in Thailand. But civil society groups fear little action is being taken on a bill that would recognise enforced disappearance as a criminal offence.
Keterasingan daripada budaya dan bahasa sendiri, benci-diri, dan pandang-rendah terhadap saudara-mara yang kurang berada semua gejala keadaan yang melanda elit Melayu Singapura. Apakah sejarah yang membentuk pola pemikiran ini? Adakah ‘Melayu maju’ benar-benar bebas daripada diskriminasi dan peminggiran? Artikel terbitan Rice Media kelmarin ialah peluang baik untuk kita membedah kondisi lapisan masyarakat Melayu Singapura yang berada.
Negative narratives and stereotypes of Malays in Singapore have been repeatedly reproduced over the years. They've become so entrenched and internalised that more affluent Malays often distance themselves from the "typical Malay". But how do we make sense of the “Malay Excellent”—the model minority who has ostensibly succeeded under Singapore’s much-vaunted meritocratic system?
Paintings depicting Ultraman in poses usually associated with Buddha caused an uproar in Thailand, and the artist eventually forced to apologise. Yet this incident also sheds light on conservative Buddhism in the country, and those pushing back against the belief that something can be so sacred that it is beyond question.
The Duterte administration has accused youth activists and organisations of brainwashing and turning young Filipinos into armed insurgents. But human rights defenders and activist groups say this narrative is just a ploy to justify a wider crackdown on dissent.
TrueLove.Is has been slammed by LGBT activists and their allies for "masking homophobia as holiness", but the experiences of loneliness and isolation that its members have spoken about feeling point to a wider problem in Singapore that's tied up with social stigma and discriminatory policies.